Jobs, Internships & Fellowships Digest: April 28, 2017

  1. Conservator of Contemporary Art (Paintings & Sculptures), Contemporary Conservation, Ltd.
  2. Conservator of Paper (Updated), The Balboa Art Conservation Center
  3. Conservator: Organics, The British Museum
  4. Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Textile Conservation, Denver Art Museum
  5. Book Conservator, Corpus Christi College
  6. Assistant Paintings Conservator, The Atlanta Art Conservation Center
  7. Conservation Ambassador, Antarctic Heritage Trust (POSITION FILLED)
  8. Book and Paper Summer Internship, New York Botanical Garden
  9. Conservator, Museum of The Bible
  10. Textiles Conservation Technician, Great Basin Institute
  11. Furniture and Decorative Arts (Freelance), Bainbridge Conservation


  • Application due by May 12, 2017


  • Provide expert services for conservation studio specializing in preservation and restoration of contemporary art, with special focus on conservation of paintings, sculptures and installations made with non-traditional/modern materials.
  • Examine and analyze artworks to determine condition, need for conservation, method of conservation/preservation using various scientific methodologies. Where necessary, conduct tests, research materials and in an art historical context, develop and/or innovate new conservation techniques. Execution of tested and new methods of
  • Practical, hands on experience required. Must be comfortable working independently, while simultaneously being a strong team player, in a fast-paced environment under tight deadlines. Experience with Mac platforms and Adobe Creative Suite an asset.
  • Experience writing for condition reports and treatment assessments.

Required: University degree in conservation; portfolio of past treatments including sample reports and images demonstrating advanced expertise in contemporary art conservation.

Must have authorization to work in the United States. Salary commensurate with experience.

Please email application to: Contemporary Conservation, Ltd,; or mail to 460W 34th St., Suite 302, New York, NY 10001 USA.

Please do not call the studio.

2. CONSERVATOR OF PAPER (UPDATED), The Balboa Art Conservation Center (San Diego, CA, USA)

  • Application deadline: May 15, 2017

This is an update to the announcement listed on the Jobs, Internships & Fellowships Digest: April 14, 2017.

The Balboa Art Conservation Center (BACC) seeks a collaboratively-minded and conservation treatment-oriented conservator of paper to become an integral part of the Center’s conservation staff. The paper department is currently staffed by 1.5 conservators of paper with part-time support of a conservation technician. The department is supported by the BACC Registrar.

BACC is an active, nonprofit, regional conservation center located in the heart of the beautiful and historic Balboa Park in San Diego, California. The Park is home to a campus of cultural institutions such as the San Diego Museum of Art, Timken Museum of Art, and San Diego History Center. Since its founding in 1975, BACC has been devoted to the preservation of material culture held in both public and private collections. The Center’s services cover a wide spectrum including the formulation and implementation of treatments for paintings, frames, and paper artifacts, technical examinations using microscopy, infrared reflectography, and x-radiography, preventive conservation assistance, and environmental, general, and collection specific surveys. Types of paper artifacts treated by BACC reflect the broad range of collections served and are of all periods and constructed with a broad array of materials. As the Center offers internships and fellowships on a regular basis, the working environment emphasizes an atmosphere of learning, collegiality, and cooperation.

The ideal candidate will have a solid background in paper conservation with a minimum of two years of post-graduate experience. They will have highly developed practical skills with ability to accurately assess deterioration and damage, formulate appropriate treatment protocols, and undertake treatments both independently and as part of a team. Innovative thinking is required for challenging projects as are good analytical and problem solving capabilities. Strong attention to detail while working to project deadlines and sound project management experience are essential strengths sought.

Position requirements include a Master’s Degree from an accredited conservation program or its equivalent in paper conservation, excellent writing ability, and good communication and interpersonal skills. Compensation is commensurate with experience while benefits are excellent and comprehensive. Interested applicants should apply in writing with a letter of interest, resume, three letters of professional reference, and three examples of treatment experience.

Please submit applications by Monday, May 15, 2017 to:
Janet Ruggles, Executive Director
Balboa Art Conservation Center
PO Box 3755
San Diego, CA 92163

Digital applications should be submitted to with the title “Conservator of Paper Application.”

3. CONSERVATOR: ORGANICS, The British Museum (London, UK) 

  • Application Deadline: 15 May 2017
  • Full time, Permanent
  • GBP 30,884 per annum

The British Museum is seeking a Conservator: Organics to lead in the care of the collection through a combination of interventive and preventive measures. The Department of Conservation works to preserve the Museum’s collection for present and future generations, as well as providing a greater understanding of the materials, meaning and context of each object.

In support of the Museum’s operating plan this role will focus on the care and conservation of objects made of organic materials, including Asian lacquer. The post-holder will prepare objects for loans, temporary exhibitions and permanent display, manage, motivate and develop other staff as required, and actively engage with the department’s public outreach activities.

With a professional conservation qualification to degree level, or equivalent, the successful candidate will have considerable post qualification experience of working in the heritage sector. They will have demonstrable experience of organic materials conservation and Asian lacquer conservation as well as experience of devising preventive conservation measures.

They will also have excellent problem solving and decision making skills and the ability to lead and motivate a team to deliver agreed outcomes. They will thrive as part of a team and be able to communicate confidently to a variety of audiences. Evidence of strong writing skills or a peer reviewed publication record in the field of expertise is essential.

To apply, please visit our website. 


  • Applications will be accepted through 5:00 p.m. on May 19, 2017

The Denver Art Museum is inviting applications for a one-year, full-time, fellowship in the conservation of its textile collections. There is potential to renew for a second-year. The museum continues to expand its exhibit, storage and working spaces dedicated to textiles and is poised to offer excellent, advanced-level training in textile and fashion conservation and display.

The scope of this fellowship will require working closely with several curatorial departments including Textile Art and Fashion, Western, Asian, Native Arts, Modern and Contemporary, and Decorative Arts. Objects will be of related origin and manufacture. The fellow will perform examination and conservation treatment of museum objects as assigned. Assignments will vary according to museum and department priorities that reflect an active exhibition schedule. Additional responsibilities will include review of objects for acquisition and loan purposes; assure accuracy and completeness of records and reports; and share general laboratory duties as assigned. The candidate must also have the ability to undertake research and willingness to participate in symposia, conferences, publications, as well as public programs.

Successful completion of graduate-level conservation training, or equivalent is required at the time the position commences. Preferred experience with aqueous treatment, stabilization techniques, dyeing of support fabrics, and preventive conservation methodologies including integrated pest management (IPM) practices. High-level of manual dexterity, excellent color matching, and familiarity with hand tools and the basics of mount design and preparation are required.

The fellow will be supervised by the Associate Textile Conservator and report to the Director of Conservation. Sound work habits, personal initiative and organizational skills, excellent written and verbal communication abilities are essential. Candidate will uphold collegial and collaborative working relationships with conservation staff and other museum departments.

Applications will be accepted through 5:00 p.m., May 19, 2017.

Please direct inquiries to Sarah Melching, Silber Director of Conservation, +1 (720) 865-5029,

Projected start is October 2017. The museum offers a full benefit package. Salary is $36,000 per year with $2,000 allocated for research and travel.

To apply, please submit a letter of application, resume and contact information for three references, plus three conservation treatment examples to:

Denver Art Museum
Attn: HR
100 West 14th Avenue
Denver, CO 80204

5. BOOK CONSERVATOR, Corpus Christi College (Corpus Christi, TX, USA) 

  • Closing Date: May 23, 2017
  • Interviews: Will be held in the week commencing on May 30, 2017

Corpus Christi College is offering a full-time post for a Book Conservator with significant experience of book, paper and parchment conservation practice to join the small team working in the Cambridge Colleges’ Conservation Consortium studio based at the College.

The studio has a busy schedule of work, carrying out interventive conservation treatments and providing preservation advice and support on both library and archive materials for the fourteen members of the Cambridge Colleges’ Conservation Consortium.

The position provides the opportunity to work on a wide range of materials from incunabules to modern archives, and to cover paper, parchment and binding conservation. Experience of historical binding structures and the ability to carry out a rolling program of high quality conservation work is essential.

The successful applicant will have three to five years’ experience of book, paper and parchment conservation practice since qualification, a proven record of excellent practical skills and be looking to develop their professional experience. They will be dedicated and self-motivated, able to work both on their own and as part of a small team. Excellent communication and report-writing skills as well as a diplomatic approach are essential. The post holder will have a degree or diploma, preferably with postgraduate conservation training or equivalent experience, as well as a passion for the subject.

In return, you will receive a competitive salary, excellent benefits and conditions of employment, including a pension scheme, discretionary bonus, generous holiday entitlement, Continuous Professional Development and in-house training opportunities, free lunches, car parking and use of College facilities.

Job Description – Person Specification

Additional Information


  1. Complete our application form and equal opportunities form
  2. Enclose your current Curriculum Vitae.
  3. Explain your interest in the position and how you fit the role as described in the Job Description/Person Specification, using the Suitability for Employment section of the Application Form, or a covering letter.
  4. Your application formsmust be accompanied by a portfolio of recent work including photographs (maximum three projects). These should be sent electronically as PDFs.
  5. Send your completed application to the HR Manager by email:

ENQUIRIES: Further enquiries may be emailed to the Managing Conservator (, or to the HR Manager (

Closing Date: Tuesday, 23 May 2017 (late or incomplete applications will not be accepted).

Interviews: Will be held in the week commencing Tuesday, 30 May 2017.

6. ASSISTANT PAINTINGS CONSERVATOR, The Atlanta Art Conservation Center (Atlanta, GA, USA)

  • Application deadline: May 26, 2017

The Atlanta Art Conservation Center (AACC) is growing and is proud to announce a newly created opening for an entry level treatment-oriented Assistant Conservator of Paintings to become an integral part of the Center’s painting conservation department.

AACC is an active, nonprofit, regional conservation center located in the Chamblee area of Northeastern Atlanta, Georgia. AACC services institutional members and private clients throughout the Southeast. It is hosted by the High Museum of Art and operated by the Williamstown Art Conservation Center (WACC).

Since its founding in 2001, AACC has been dedicated to the preservation of art and artifacts held in both public and private collections. The Center’s services cover a wide spectrum including the formulation and implementation of treatments for paintings, murals, frames, and objects, technical examinations, preventive conservation assistance, and general and collection specific surveys. The types of paintings treated by AACC reflect the broad range of collections served and is of all periods and with a broad array of materials.

The ideal candidate will have a solid background in practical hands-on treatment of traditional easel paintings. Experience with on-site mural treatments and non-traditional modern materials are a bonus. They will have well rounded skills with the ability to accurately assess deterioration and damage, formulate appropriate treatment protocols, accurately estimate treatment hours and costs and undertake treatments under the guidance of the Conservator of Paintings. Innovative thinking is required for challenging projects as are good analytical and problem solving capabilities. Strong attention to detail while working to project deadlines and sound time management skills are essential strengths sought. As AACC is treatment oriented, experience gained in private practice situations is desirable.

Position requirements include a Master’s Degree from an accredited conservation program or extensive apprenticeship training in painting conservation, excellent writing ability, and good communication and interpersonal skills. A great attitude, sense of humor and an appreciation of barbeque and Southern culture will allow the ideal candidate to blend seamlessly into the small, tight knit family at AACC. Compensation is commensurate with experience. The benefits are excellent and comprehensive.

Interested applicants should apply in writing with a letter of interest, resume/CV, two letters of recommendation, and examples of report writing and treatment experience (these examples may be provided on CD or thumb drive). Please submit applications by email to:, or by mail to:
Atlanta Art Conservation Center
c/o Nafice Adams, Office Manager
6000 Peachtree Road
Chamblee, GA 30341

7. CONSERVATION AMBASSADOR, Antarctic Heritage Trust (Antarctica)

  • Applications close on May 28, 2017 at midnight (New Zealand time)


Emerging conservator opportunity for newly qualified conservator (within five years of graduation) to work on heritage project in Antarctica.

The Antarctic Heritage Trust (New Zealand) is offering a unique and exciting professional development opportunity for a conservator to travel to Antarctica to participate in our project to conserve the expedition bases of Scott, Shackleton, and Hillary.

The Conservation Ambassador will take part in the Trust’s Antarctic On-Ice Summer Work Program from late October to mid-December 2017, working with a small and close-knit team of experienced heritage professionals in challenging conditions.

The Ambassador will have opportunities to develop their planning and logistics skills, take part in both preventive and interventive conservation activities, learn more about materials deterioration and preservation in uncontrolled environments, and challenge themselves both professionally and personally in the most stunning yet hostile environment on the planet.

In return the Ambassador will use their networks to communicate and share their experience to inspire current and future conservators.

To be considered you must:

  • be a newly qualified Conservator in the five-year period immediately following graduation (from a recognized tertiary conservation program)
  • have strong experience in working with organics and inorganics, particularly metals
  • have experience with uncontrolled environments
  • have a sound understanding of object packaging
  • be a good communicator and team player
  • be flexible and adaptable
  • have a high comfort level living in remote outdoor locations
  • have robust health (there are no age restrictions but you will need to pass a medical exam)
  • be fluent in English (written and spoken)

Benefits include fully funded travel to Antarctica from the Ambassador’s usual place of residence and a financial grant towards living costs while in Antarctica.

The Antarctic Heritage Trust is a New Zealand-based not-for-profit organization with a vision of ‘Inspiring Explorers’. Through its mission to conserve, share and encourage the spirit of exploration the Trust cares for the remarkable expedition bases of early Antarctic explorers Captain Robert Falcon Scott, Sir Ernest Shackleton, Carsten Borchgrevink and Sir Edmund Hillary. It shares the legacy of exploration through outreach programs and encourages the spirit of exploration through expeditions to engage and inspire a new generation.

Applications close at midnight on Sunday, May 28, 2017 (New Zealand time).

For more information and the application form please visit:

8. BOOK AND PAPER SUMMER INTERNSHIP, New York Botanical Garden (New York, NY, USA)

  • Application deadline is June 4, 2017

The LuEsther T. Mertz Library at the New York Botanical Garden is pleased to offer an eight-week paid Summer Internship in book and paper conservation. The goal of the internship is to provide the student with a broad range of experience with the day-to-day preservation activities in a mid-sized research library.

Under the guidance of the Conservators, the intern will participate in the department’s conservation and preservation tasks, including weekly monitoring of the Library’s environment, rehousing and surveying items of the general and special collections.

The intern will have the opportunity to develop skills in conservation treatment decision-making, prepare condition and treatment reports with appropriate photo documentation and gain additional hands-on experience. Conservation treatment can be tailored to fit the interests of the intern where possible, and projects can be selected from the Library’s general and special collections, which includes books, manuscripts, maps, artworks, architectural plans, and other special collections materials.

For individuals who wish to apply to a graduate program in conservation, this internship will provide the experience and hours required for graduate admission. The Conservation Intern is expected to prepare a final report and to make a short presentation to Library staff upon completion of the internship term.

Eligibility: The Conservation Internship is open to an individual currently enrolled or intending to enroll in a graduate level conservation program. Candidates are expected to have a strong commitment to conservation practice and the pursuit of professional development in this field.

Tenure of Internship: Full-time (35 hours per week); 8 weeks’ duration, starting on June 19, 2017.

Stipend awarded: $5,000

How to apply: The application must be submitted electronically as a single document (Microsoft Word or PDF file) to Olga Marder, Conservation Librarian/Conservator,

Application deadline is June 4, 2017. Late applications will not be accepted. Selected candidates will be contacted for interviews. If selected for interview, candidate may be asked to submit a digital portfolio and to bring a sample of work.

A complete application should include:

  • Cover letter stating your reasons for applying to this internship and how it will help to meet future goals
  • Contact information
  • Name of two references with professional affiliations, phone numbers, and email addresses
  • Current resume 

9. CONSERVATOR, Museum of the Bible (Oklahoma City, OK, USA)

The Museum of the Bible is looking for a conservator.

Specific knowledge, skills, and abilities required:

  • Knowledge of book binding methods and book and paper conservation techniques
  • Ability to perform various binding methods
  • Ability to create preservation enclosures, including boxes and encapsulations
  • Knowledge of binding and conservation materials and tools, as well as their use
  • Ability to plan, organize, coordinate, and critique work assignments
  1. Uses independent judgement to restore or repair bindings in accordance with historical styles and conservation requirements. This may include construction of new spines, rebacking, resewing of the text block and complete rebinding.
  2. Performs various paper repair techniques to correct tears, lacunae, stains, etc. Examples of paper repair include endsheet replacement, tissue repair, guarding of center folds, and removing and replacing old mends.
  3. Deacidifies paper by aqueous and non-aqueous methods to slow or halt acidic deterioration. Determines the reaction of paper, inks, and dyes to deacidificant and determines the most appropriate method of competing work on each individual item.
  4. Perform treatment and repair to Special Collection items in collaboration with the Conservator for Museum of the Bible.

Please direct inquiries to

10. TEXTILES CONSERVATION TECHNICIAN, Great Basin Institute (Charles Town, WV, USA)

The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the National Park Service’s Museum Conservation Services division, located in Charles Town, WV, is recruiting a Textiles Conservation Technician. The focus of the position will be documentation and display preparation of two tapestries and an appliqued wall hanging from Scotty’s Castle, Death Valley National Park.

This opportunity will provide the Technician to develop professionally in three distinct arenas:

  1. Directed research, including reading, lab visits and interviews with other professionals in similar areas of expertise;
  2. Documentation; and
  3. Treatment and display development & implementation.

This opportunity will benefit highly motivated and skilled individuals applying to or considering graduate programs in museum conservation; graduate program applicants who have been wait-listed and are committed to expanding and improving their skills for acceptance; or graduates of graduate-level conservation programs looking to expand and practice existing skills.


  1. Background and experience commensurate with application for, enrollment in, or graduation from a graduate program in museum conservation;
  2. Provide documentation-including writing sample and portfolio;
  3. Self-motivated with ability to maintain a positive attitude while working in a diverse team environment;
  4. Ability to stand or sit for extended period of time; and
  5. Possess a valid, clean, state-issued driver’s license.

Location: Charles Town, WV – Surrounded by the rolling hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and near historic Harpers Ferry National Park, Charles Town offers entertainment, outdoor recreation and adventure, and an opportunity to explore and contextualize the region’s rich history and culture. Located just inside West Virginia’s Eastern Gateway, Charles Town is about an hour’s drive west of the greater Washington D.C. Metropolitan area and an hour from the northern gateway to Shenandoah National Park.

Pay Rate: $17.00/hour

Benefits: Paid holidays, Affordable Care Act-compliant health insurance

Timeline: 8-week appointment beginning in May/June 2017 (no later than June 12, 2017) and upon successful completion of a DOI Background Investigation.

How to Apply: Qualified and interested applicants should cut and paste this URL in to their web browser or visit, and search “Textiles Conservation Technician” to apply.

All applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, and list of three professional references.

Upon review of initial application materials, applicants selected for further consideration will be asked to submit a writing sample and portfolio.

11. FURNITURE AND DECORATIVE ARTS (FREELANCE), Bainbridge Conservation (London, UK)

Bainbridge Conservation is looking for freelance furniture and decorative arts conservators to be on call for occasional project work. Candidates should have experience in interventive conservation of furniture and wooden objects and or gilding and decorative surfaces. Our studios are based in South East London with possible on-site work in the Greater London area.

If you are interested please get in touch and provide a brief e-portfolio of relevant work and a CV to Tristram Bainbridge,

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